Portion size. It’s a funny thing isn’t it? Food packets talk about 30 grams of cereal, or 15 grams of peanut butter – but how often do you stop to think what the serving size really looks like?
It matters more when we’re eating foods high in fat and sugar (the ones which are easy to overeat). We can easily overeat several hundred extra calories without knowing, just by underestimating portion size.
A fe months back I was at a meeting where Nutella came up for discussion. The serving size for Nutella is 15 grams. We talked about whether anyone eats just 15 grams (in fact even the FDA want to know how much Nutella you’re eating) and how many people really know what 15 grams looks like.
So I decided to check it out myself. This isn’t me advising you to eat Nutella. Or to not eat Nutella. It’s an eyes open exercise to what a single portion – 15 grams -the recommended serving – really looks like. In the closed pack, and on a slice of rye toast.
That’s 80 calories, 9g of carbs, 1g of protein, and ~ 5g of fat.